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Mooney 151*, tie in Adelaide and Queensland flatten New South Wales

A round-up from another action-packed day in the WNCL where Ellyse Perry also returned to bowling

Grace Harris launches the ball during her boundary-filled display  •  Getty Images

Grace Harris launches the ball during her boundary-filled display  •  Getty Images

Queensland 2 for 159 (Harris 77*, Redmayne 61*) beat New South Wales 155 (Litchfield 42, Prestwide 3-28) by eight wickets
Queensland stormed to back-to-back victories at North Sydney Oval, reaching their target with a massive 182 balls to spare in a dominant display from Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne. New South Wales were in trouble early after being asked to bat and never recovered. Tahlia Wilson, who top scored two days ago, was beaten by an inswinger from Courtney Sippel and Alyssa Healy edged a big drive to slip. When Ash Gardner was caught behind off Nicola Hancock the home side were 3 for 36. Phoebe Litchfield and Erin Burns stitched together a 60-run stand, but the innings faded when Burns nicked Sippel. The last three wickets fell without a run being added as they were bundled out in the 42nd over. A brace of early wickets for Sammy-Jo Johnson, including Georgia Voll taken a slip for a duck following her 145 on Friday, briefly raised hopes but it became a chastening afternoon in the field as Harris and Redmayne flayed the attack to all corners. Harris brought up her fifty from just 33 balls and Redmayne hit 10 boundaries in her run-a-ball innings.
Western Australia 6 for 297 (Mooney 151*) beat Australian Capital Territory 180 (Mack 57, King 3-31) by 117 runs
Beth Mooney made her first major impression for Western Australia with an unbeaten 151 which provided the standout performance of their second victory over ACT in three days. The century came off 109 balls and she passed her next landmark in the final over during an innings that showcased her stamina with a huge amount of running. An opening stand of 99 with Chloe Piparo (44) set the platform then Maddy Darke (47) joined Mooney in a second-wicket partnership of 94. Mooney then dominated a 76-run stand for the fourth wicket alongside Amy Edgar. ACT's chase started promisingly as Katie Mack and Rebecca Carter added 80 in 14 overs, but Alana King got among the wickets again by claiming both openers to follow her 5 for 12 on Friday. From there the visitors never threatened as Lilly Mills and Taneale Peschel also got among the wickets.
Victoria 5 for 118 (Molineux 56, Barsby 4-21) tied with South Australia 9 for 200 (Barsby 42) (DLS method)
The points were shared at Karen Rolton Oval when rain prevented a Super Over from taking place to split South Australia and Victoria. The chase had been reduced to 23 overs and Victoria were well on track with Sophie Molineux compiling a half-century, brought up with consecutive boundaries that put her team well ahead of the DLS. But, with steady drizzle falling, Jemma Barsby turned the game with three wickets. The final over started with Victoria needing nine to win and Tahlia McGrath kept them to eight despite Annabel Sutherland finding the boundary second ball. Earlier, South Australia had done well to reach 200 having been 8 for 116 before Barsby and Megan Schutt (33*) added 72 for the ninth wicket. Ellyse Perry had bowled for the first time since March after recovering from a stress fracture of her back and claimed a wicket, Emma de Broughe superbly caught in the covers by Molineux, during a three-over spell.